More behind the scenes from Walt Before Mickey, folks.
In this scene, George Winkler (me, Frank Licari, is in the midst of persuading one of Walt Disney’s main directors, Fred Harmon, to join him and Charles Mintz over at Snappy Comedies. Mintz’s plan is to sign all of Walt’s animators over to his company and force Walt into working for him. He sends in his brother-in-law, George (me), to infiltrate Walt’s company and slowly steal the animators, not to mention the work. The look you’re seeing here is George reacting to Walt not letting him “help” Hugh with the first drawing of Oswald The Rabbit.
Oswald The Rabbit was eventually owned by Margaret J. Winkler and Charles Mintz who, at the time, had the largest animation studio in the country. Oswald was later sold to Universal Pictures. As a matter of fact, Walt Disney Studios only got the rights for Oswald back from Universal in 2008 after more than 70 years.
When you watch this scene in the film, there is a bit of a continuity issue that I never caught (bad actor). In one shot, my cigarette pack is sticking out of my vest pocket and then, in another, it is gone. Yes, sure, I suppose I could have tucked it back in quickly BUT it comes back again later. Oops! Sorry Khoa Le for ruining the continuity of your scene but none of my props or continuity people caught it either. So there!
You can also play a game called, “spot the filing cabinet”! Directly to my left is a green cabinet that you’ll see again later in another room in an another scene. It’s called Independent film making people! And Khoa and I loved every minute of it. To learn more or to pre-order your DVD copy of the film, visit the official Walt Before Mickey site.
To sustain anything close to continued success in the film and video production industry, it’s crucial to keep things moving.
You can’t just come up with one great idea, even if you manage to bring it to life with as much creativity and efficiency as possible throughout every phase of production.
It has to be about the next great idea, and that doesn’t happen miraculously…well…sometimes it does, but not always. Some organization and structure, a little method to the madness, always helps move things along.
So, we put together a few tips to help you understand the value of an efficient video production pipeline in this day and age, and what goes into creating one.
As we get closer to the release of Walt Before Mickey, Khoa (Director) and I are going to start to share some behind the scenes footage from our experience on set. We had such an amazing time working on the film together. From the lows to the highs, it was fun to see this through all the way to the finish line. And, of course, these pictures bring back so many great memories.
This first picture is Khoa and I working with our lead actor Thomas Ian Nicholas (Walt) as he prepares for his scene where he confronts the owner of Newman Theaters for the backpay that is owed him. At this point in the story, Walt is at a very precarious place and needs the money badly to avoid certain bankruptcy.
Not only was Walt in a precarious situation but so was our lead actor, Thomas, because during this shooting day he had come down with a bad flu and was forced to perform all of his scenes under the weather. Of course, like the true professional that he is, Thomas, performed admirably and you’d never be able to tell that he was sick from watching the film. A real pro and a fantastic guy. I’m proud to say that Thomas and I (and Khoa) have remained friends long after the picture wrapped.
Of course, Khoa and I, were probably on three hours sleep by this point in production after spending the night before hammering out wrinkles in the shooting script which, by this point, I had re-written more than five times. Great memories. More to come. Stay tuned, and to pre-order your DVD copy of the film, visit the official Walt Before Mickey site. Frank Licari
This was a very exciting week for Kvibe Productions. Mid week we learned that our very own Khoa Le was nominated for Best Cinematography at the Madrid International Film Festival for a film that he DP’d last year called “Lords of BSV.” Kvibe will also have an interest in the film and will be helping with distribution. Congrats to Khoa. Let’s hope for a win!
Then on Friday, I got to read my first completed draft of our “untiled music project” and the development and production team loved it. So, we’ve greenlit the project and will begin to go into our packaging phase to entice some name actors, investors and a few distribution companies. It’s a very exciting process taking an idea from, just an idea, to a finished product in six weeks.
I was very excited when Khoa asked me to head of the development team at Kvibe but I’m even more excited now to be able to show everyone what I’m capable of as, not just a leader in the development process, but also as a screenwriter. This was definitely a fun process and it’s a privilege to be part of the team at Kvibe.
Khoa and I are going to be moving towards storyboarding some of the story for the package as well, along with our storyboard artist, Brandon. Hoping to have the project ready to present within the next two-three weeks. This should be a great followup to our current film, Walt Before Mickey. Very exciting. More news soon!
To learn more about the film or to pre-order your DVD copy, visit the official Walt Before Mickey site.
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For more on that, check out our recent post, 5 Tips to Find the Best Video Production Company For Your Business.
This post, though, is about what you don’t want to do. So, let’s go over a few of the things you should avoid when setting out to find the right video production company for your project.
Well, it’s been a labor of love and a concerted team effort by everyone involved but Walt Before Mickey is almost complete and we are looking forward to the beginning stages of distribution. Khoa Le and the Kvibe Productions team are in the midst of finishing all of the deliverables for the respective distribution companies and everyone on our team is very excited.
This journey started almost fifteen months ago under the cloud of confusion and uncertainty. I had started the pre-production six months prior to shooting. At that time, the production had a different line producer, a different director, a different lead actor and a different casting director. Certainly one of the most unorthodox film productions I had ever been a part of.
Then, Khoa joined the production and he quickly took the opportunity of his first feature length film by the horns and showed his true leadership skills. Soon, we whipped the final days of pre-production into shape, while we recast the majority of the leads. I rewrote the shooting script after days of Khoa and I going back and forth on the story and we were finally ready to shoot a film.
Once shooting began, Khoa was an expert leader with a laser like focus and creative vision. The crew was behind the film one hundred percent and Khoa was able to get the best out of everyone. I did my best to keep production running smoothly and, at the request of Khoa and our lead actors, made sure the shooting script was constantly being tweaked. Yes, day to day, hour to hour…very unorthodox to be sure, but in the end, it made the final product markedly better.
Now, despite the uphill climb, we are very happy with our final product and look forward to sharing it with the world. Stay tuned for more updates and behind the scenes pictures and stories and visit the official Walt Before Mickey site to pre-order your DVD copy of the film.